Citizens should possess a knowledge of geography and an ability to apply a geographical perspective to life situations. All physical phenomena and human activities exist in space as well as time. Geography studies the relationships of people, places, and environments from the perspective of where they occur, why they are there, and what meaning those locations have for us. Citizens with the knowledge and perspectives of geography understand the environmental and human processes that shape the Earth's surface, and recognize the culturally distinctive ways people interact with the natural world to produce unique places. An appreciation of the nature of their world and their place in it will better prepare citizens for a physical environment more threatened and a global economy more competitive and interconnected.

Geography Standard One: Students will develop a personal geographic framework, or "mental map," and understand the uses of maps and other geo-graphics [MAPS].

Geography Standard Two: Students will develop a knowledge of the ways humans modify and respond to the natural environment [ENVIRONMENT].

Geography Standard Three: Students will develop an understanding of the diversity of human culture and the unique nature of places [PLACES].

Geography Standard Four: Students will develop an understanding of the character and use of regions and the connections between and among them [REGIONS].